Celebrate Dad!

By | June 18, 2015

For Technique Thursday this week, I’ve got a few tricks to share that I used to create this Father’s Day tag.  Some are super simple, but good to know.  Another was a mistake that turned into a cool discovery!  Don’t you love just love that when it happens?!?

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I set out to make a quick tag to put on a gift my kids are giving to my husband.  I know … they’re old enough and talented enough to make their own tag, but honestly, I just wanted an excuse to use one of these wooden Expressions Naturals Elements!  I just got them the other day, and they are so CUTE.

You might ask, how the heck do you adhere those little babies?  Well, tip number one, simply roll up glue dots and stick them on the back side.  It works great!


I realized when I actually stuck the wooden element on my tag that I needed to adjust a few of the dots.  I simply used my paper piercer to pull them off the wood and re-locate them to a section that was over the tag.


Now, here’s where my “happening” occurred.  I initially made a little mistake when I was watercoloring the little fish from the By the Tide stamp set.  I colored some blue way outside the line right on the top where it was very visible.  At that point, I had finished the whole tag, including sponging Soft Suede ink around the sides of the tag.  While attempting to cover up my mistake, I added a little water to the outside of the fish and realized that because there was a little ink residue from the sponging, I had made a bigger mess.  So, I continued to watercolor the entire background of the tag!  I just made little circular motions all over the background, and look at this cool looking background that it made!!!  The whole thing turned watery and variegated looking.  I really like it.  Afterwards, I decided to sponge around the outside one more time.  Then, I purposely did the same thing to the Bermuda Bay “Dad” piece.

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I know I jumped right into how I finished the tag with the background.  So now, let me backtrack and start at the beginning.  I wrapped the gift with paper from the Festive Designer Kraft Rolls.  This paper is still on the clearance rack for only $3.99 for two five yard rolls!  Then, a tied the package with wire ribbon from Costco.  Tip two:  To make a nice “V” at the end of my tails, I folded the ribbon in half and cut a diagonal.


I used the Chalk Talk Framelits to cut out two tags, one from Soft Suede card stock and another from Crumb Cake.  Then, I stamped the fish with Black Stazon and used an Aqua Painter to watercolor in Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, and Soft Suede ink.

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To create the “Dad” layer, I used two past Paper Pumpkin stamps (Dad and the stripes.)  I stamped Dad in Black Stazon and the stripes in Bermuda Bay ink.  Then, I sponged around the edges with Island Indigo ink, watercolored the background with water, then sponged again.  Lastly, I add some black baker’s twine before adhering the layers together with dimensionals.

It’s simple, but I love the color combination and the way the whole tag turned out.

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Supplies used on my tag:

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 Hope this inspires you.  Have a great day!

Tami Hewlett

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